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France start defence in Cyprus

Published: Tuesday 19 February 2002, 18.19CET
Holders France meet Cyprus in their first match in the EURO 2004™ qualifying competition.
Published: Tuesday 19 February 2002, 18.19CET

France start defence in Cyprus

Holders France meet Cyprus in their first match in the EURO 2004™ qualifying competition.

France will begin the defence of their UEFA European Championship title with a Group 1 qualifying match in Cyprus.

Dates made
In a press conference held on Tuesday in Limassol, the fixture list for the EURO 2004™ qualifying campaign was announced following a meeting with the five national associations involved. In addition to France and Cyprus, the group also includes France's fellow 2002 FIFA World Cup finalists Slovenia, Israel and Malta.

Key encounters
Group favourites France first meet Slovenia at the Stade de France on 12 October 2002, with the return fixture being played on 10 September 2003. Another important test for the reigning world and European champions will be the away match in Israel on 2 April 2003.

Detailed fixtures

2002 - 7 September: Slovenia v Malta, Cyprus v France; 12 October: France v Slovenia; Malta v Israel; 16 October: Israel v Cyprus, Malta v France; 20 November: Cyprus v Malta.
2003 - 29 March: Cyprus v Israel; France v Malta; 2 April: Slovenia v Cyprus; Israel v France; 30 April: Malta v Slovenia; 7 June: Israel v Slovenia, Malta v Cyprus; 6 September: France v Cyprus, Slovenia v Israel; 10 September: Israel v Malta, Slovenia v France; 11 October: Cyprus v Slovenia; France v Israel.

Last updated: 16/11/12 3.48CET

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